Art Exhibits in May and June
Fairfield County’s art shows
From wondrous aerial photography to Monet inspired fashion paintings and “pictures that are nothing and everything,” Fairfield County has plenty of unique exhibits to visit as summer approaches. Gallery hours can be found by clicking on the link provided.
The Geary Gallery of Darien - Jim Grabowski: Inventing Abstracts
Get lost in the beautiful beach landscapes and abstract paintings of Connecticut native James Grabowski at The Geary Gallery this month. The artwork may look familiar, as Grabowski’s huge pieces are hung in the large corridors of corporate buildings and hospitals. The exhibit features Grabowski’s abstract paintings, as well as water and beach scenes inspired by the Connecticut coastline.
The exhibit runs from now until May 31.
J. Russell Jinishian Gallery - Marine Art of Today and Yesterday
The J. Russell Jinishian Gallery’s May exhibit features more than 30 paintings by leading marine and sporting artists at The Union League Club, with which the gallery is affiliated, in New York City. The stunning paintings depict decades of American marine history. The exhibit runs from May 5-31 at the gallery located at The Union League Club on 37th Street and Park Avenue in New York City.
The gallery’s owner J. Russell Jinishian will be giving a talk on Thursday, May 22 at 7 p.m. in the Grant Room at the Club.
J.Russell Jinishian Gallery - Don Demers: Marine Masterworks
The gallery will host a world premier of 15 dramatic new marine paintings by Demers, a world-renowned marine and plein air artist, this June. The exhibit opens June 21 and runs through July 2 at the Fairfield location, 1899 Bronson Rd. They will be hosting a special “Collector’s Preview” and presentation by the artist on Saturday, June 21 at 4:30 p.m. and the unveiling of paintings will be at 5:00 p.m.
The Bellarmine Museum - La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass has loaned Bellarmine 33 vases and poems from master glass-maker Giampaolo Seguso’s collection of work for this special exhibit at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum. Seguso’s family has been making glass on the Venetian island of Murano for more than 600 years. The Bellarmine museum explains: “La Ragnatela refers to La Ragnatela (or "spider web") the characteristically long, thin, lines and complex patterns of filigrana vases. A glass-making technique that was invented in 1527, filigrana consists of preparing parallel glass canes that are then melted into a mass of incandescent glass, creating perfect geometrical shapes in net and spiral-lie patterns.”
April 10 - June 13
Samuel Owen Gallery – Above and Beyond
Elevate your perspective at Samuel Owen’s current exhibition featuring the photography of Antoine Rose and Fran Gormley. Rose’s work focuses on the Miami coastline and is a sequel to his Up in the Air exhibition from 2013, which featured aerial shots of the Hamptons shore. According to the gallery’s webpage, the photographer shoots from a door-less helicopter moving at approximately 20 knots 300 feet above the earth, giving his work a unique perspective.
Gromley’s fantastic photographs feature the foreign landscapes of places like Ethiopia and Iceland. This exhibit will truly have you pondering the many different natural wonders of the World.
Cavalier Galleries- Injections and Impressions by Bradley Hart
Revisit your favorite masterpieces at the Injections and Impressions by Bradley Hart exhibit running May 7-31. Hart gives classics like American Gothic, Monet, Van Gough’s self-portrait, Mona Lisa and others his own perspective.
Carriage Barn Arts Center - Absolute Kuba!
New Canaan’s Carriage Barn Arts Center is currently showcasing pieces from Greenwich residents Terri and Steven Certilman’s private collection of contemporary Cuban Art the couple acquired during their travels to Cuba.
The exhibit opened April 24 and will run through June 1.
The Barns Arts Center opens Photo/Synthesis on Friday, June 6 and will run the exhibit until Sunday, June 29. The 15 photographers featured in this exhibition are “exploring the visual language of connections and associations and are looking for meaning in photographs that tell stories, explore ideas, and reveal emotions. They all learned a system of communication during a Sandi Haber Fifield workshop.
The Arts Center will host a free, informal discussion with the artists on June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The opening reception is on June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Handwright Gallery - The Abstraction of Everything and Nothing
The Handwright Gallery is asking visitors to contemplate abstraction in its latest exhibit. They feature the abstract work of Connecticut artists Linda George, Penny Putnam and Susan Tremaine. The gallery writes: “This exhibit is true abstraction and to paraphrase the Museum of Modern Art: it is a group of ‘pictures that picture nothing and are not themselves pictures.’”
Loft Artists Association - Attitudes Barbara Mathis Solo Show
This solo exhibit was inspired by the fashion paintings done by Monet and Manet at a special exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“Manet said, ‘the latest fashion is absolutely necessary for painting. It's what matters most,’ Mathis says in a Loft Artist Association announcement. “I decided that today's fashions are so diverse and certainly exemplify ATTITUDES of people. I started painting full size paintings of family, friends and people who I met just standing around yet who exuded ATTITUDE. To paraphrase Monet ‘I absolutely did not wish to make a portrait but simply a person of this time and era.’”
The exhibition will be on view Saturday May 31- Sunday June 29, with an opening reception Friday, June 6, 9 p.m.
The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery - To Women Interrupted
This exhibit features the work of gallery founder Fernando Luis Alvarez, in tribute to Stamford’s Dr. Joyce Yerwood and the Yerwood Center, a nonprofit that seeks to empower disadvantaged youth in the city.
For this show, 50% of all sales of Alvarez’s work will go to the Center. For collectors, this is not only a compelling tax incentive, but also a way to make a significant impact and benefit the community through the arts.
To Women Interrupted is running from now until June 22.
Amy Simon LLC - Transcending Boundaries: Qin Feng; Wei Jia and Lin Yan
Amy Simon Fine Art is currently featuring work by three respected Chinese artists Qin Feng, Wei Jia and Lin Yan. All three work in both China and The U.S. Their artwork is clearly influenced by both their Asian artistic heritage and western experiences. The exhibit is open and will run through June 14.
Westport Arts Center
The Westport Arts Center has two exhibits on display until June 1, Abstract Notes and Solos 2014. Abstract Notes is a result of the Arts Center’s partnership with the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and highlights work done by patients and their families.
Solos is a juried members exhibition that had 150 applicants. Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, selected 12 artists for the exhibit:
- Frances Ashforth, Ridgefield
- Sheila Bernard, Verona, NJ Geoffrey Detrani, Hamden
- Katherine Evans, Fairfield
- Linda Lindroth, New Haven
- Lawrence McGarvey, Westport
- Melissa Newman, Westport
- Algirdas Nakas, Weston
- Perry Obee, New Haven
- David Preddy, New Orleans, LA
- Ken Resen, Mamaroneck, NY
- Marlene Siff, Westport